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Denis Hayes: Prosperity Without Pollution

29 January 2014

This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in January 2014. It features Denis Hayes, chairman of Earth Day Network.

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[TEXT: Prosperity Without Pollution]

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Denis Hayes: In the 1960s in the United States,

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[TEXT: Denis Hayes, National Coordinator, 1st ‘Earth Day’
Chairman, Earth Day Network]
we began to see that there was a huge gap between the things that

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were really important to people and the things that we were
measuring in the gross domestic product.

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We were becoming more and more prosperous,
but less and less healthy,

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and we were seeing the most beautiful
parts of the country be destroyed.

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In my youth, I was in the shadow of
a paper mill and literally woke up

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every morning for the first 18 years of my life with a sore throat

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due to the air pollution being cranked out.

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Earth Day was basically saying you can
make paper without air pollution;

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you can have a kind of prosperity that doesn't require you
to sacrifice the environment or people.

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[TEXT: Our Planet Join Share Act
#EarthDay #ActOnClimate
Produced by the U.S.Department of State]

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[TEXT: Select Photos © AP Images]